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Attention On Climate Issues On Campus This December

Attention On Climate Issues On Campus This December

While, climate change may not have been on the forefront of student’s minds this finals season BananaFest and an unsuspecting Business Law assignment brought climate issues to campus. Conversations about the COP 21 in Paris this December were fairly limited on campus, aside from responses to social media posts by the student delegation to the conference. However, on Friday, December 11th at the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity house, sophomore Aidan Williams hosted BananaFest an event in honor of the delicious…

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Humans of COP: Coralie Nicopas

Humans of COP: Coralie Nicopas

“It’s them who know better how to take care of the forest, those who live there. We put the man (sic) at the center of production…Now when they walk in the forest, they see barriers.” Coralie Nicopas, a representative of French Guiana’s Parc Naturel Régional about an alternative set of parks set aside by and for the indigenous people of French Guiana as an alternative to the national park model imposed by France that has had various adverse effects on the people living…

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Humans of COP21: Kate Knuth

Humans of COP21: Kate Knuth

“I’m a Minnesotan. I currently work at the University of Minnesota at the Institute on the Environment. I also serve as a citizen member of Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board which is an executive branch board of 9 state agency commissioners and 5 citizen members. I’m here at the COP as an eye-witness to a really historic moment in the world in terms of dealing with the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced and the biggest opportunity to show what is…

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Humans of COP21: Jack Kafwanka

Humans of COP21: Jack Kafwanka

“I’m here with Zambia. I’m here with Plant for the Planet Foundation delegation. We’re here at COP to support and encourage the negotiators. We’re the ones who are giving away the awesome chocolates if you had them. We make sure you stay motivated in the negotiations so that you fight for the future of young people. That’s why were here at COP21 to ensure that we get results and have a long term climate agreement and get on the path…

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Humans of COP21: Dr. Jane Goodall

Humans of COP21: Dr. Jane Goodall

“What I really want to say to the youth around the world is that you are our hope for the future. We have messed up the planet and its not your responsibility to fix it, but if you don’t, with us helping, then your great grandchildren will have a pretty bad time. The main thing is to get involved, to realize most importantly that every single day you live you make an impact on this planet and its up to…

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Humans of COP21: Jeff Horowitz

Humans of COP21: Jeff Horowitz

“I’m at the COP because I have three film projects that I am screening, two of them with Jane (Goodall). One is Stop the Burning, which is this 9-minute clip on the fact that deforestation is alive and well and we’ve got to stop it cold. The second is Time to Choose which is a 90-minute full feature film about climate change and solutions. The third is two of episodes of Years of Living Dangerously with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a lot…

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Voice from the Private Sector

Voice from the Private Sector

The private sector is key to the success of sustainable development and international goals to reduce global warming. That was the message of the Caring for Climate Business Forum that began December 7 at the Le Bourget COP21 Climate Generation Area. The forum fosters communication and interaction among businesses investors, NGOs, the United Nations, and government officials. The UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, asks companies to join in and support its broader goals.

Grassroots Environmental and Climate Justice at COP21

Grassroots Environmental and Climate Justice at COP21

It’s impossible to talk about global climate change without running into issues of inequality, in fact the two seem to be inescapably entangled. The concept of environmental justice emerged, in the United States, in the 60s and 70s when the disparate distribution of pollution, especially toxic waste, among already marginalized social groups drew national attention. In the 60s and 70s, the predominantly white, middle-class environmental movement tended to exclude those who were most impacted by pollution-induced asthma, toxic cancers and poisoned water…

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Youth at COP21

Youth at COP21

Among the tens of thousands of visitors descending on Paris this December for COP21, a significant cohort of those will represent what has long been a marginalized, unheard, and relatively ignored group of individuals. However, for the first time, figureheads are claiming that our youth generation will play a paramount role in the fight against climate change. So how are young people acting and engaging in Paris this year?

Climate Change; Whose Story is It Anyways?

Climate Change; Whose Story is It Anyways?

Yesterday we attended an event entitled “Storytelling for Global Action.” The event flyer advertised actor Robert Redford and “indigenous artists, activists and storytellers” and a discussion of shared efforts to warn the world about climate change. For those of you who don’t know who Robert Redford is, he is an American actor and director and probably your mom’s childhood crush.